"[Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate your Health Message, Second Edition] is intended to help readers learn to communicate health messages and information clearly and simply in a variety of ways. Given the complexity of medicine today, coupled with multicultural and literacy barriers, the author does an outstanding job teasing out primary and peripheral issues and providing simple and effective guidance. This book is detailed, but well written and easy to read. It would prove a worthy resource for all healthcare providers and bedside caregivers as well as medical and college libraries. This is an excellent book and highly recommended."
~ Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT, AE-C, William Beaumont Hospitals (Doody's Review Service, 5 Stars, Score 100!)
"Really pleased to know that your book will soon be available in a second edition. If you ask me, the need for your book just keeps growing."
~ Jack Bruggeman, Director, Special Publishing, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists®
"For those who are ready to improve health communication in their institution or individual practice, [Health Literacy from A to Z] gives excellent ideas for immediate use. It will get you started down the road to clear health communication. Had this book been available, I would have recommended it countless times over the last few years to individuals who have asked me about improving their health message."
Darren A. DeWalt, MD, MPH
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
(From a book review in Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
“If you can purchase only one book about communicating health information, make it Health Literacy from A to Z!...Helen Osborne continues to be a pioneer in the field, inspiring people to seek creative and effective ways to make health information accessible for everyone.”
Shelley Hourston, Program Director
Health Literacy Network, BC Coalition of People with Disabilities in Vancouver, Canada
"One of the links in Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message has proven a gold mine for a case that is in Superior Court on behalf of a friend of mine. The sources provided in the text include links to tremendously helpful reports on regulations and court cases. That link alone may win the case.
Helen Osborne has been so extremely thorough in her coverage of the subject that it encompasses areas that make the book a resource that should be used by lots of people other than the obvious health care providers, such as: QA and advisory groups for health insurers, malpractice lawyers, non-profits focused on immigrant rights and prisoner's rights, researchers involved in clinical trials for drug and medical device companies, policy makers and program managers in government agencies, call centers handling patient registration, senior centers. The holistic and empathic model she provides should be emulated by everyone who touches health care.”
~ Catherine Moore, Medical Librarian
"I especially love the chapter on 'Know Your Audience: Emotion and Cognition.' I wish every intern (and attending physicians, too) would have this as required reading on July 1!"
~ Steven Grossman, MD, PhD, Chair, Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Palliative Care, Virginia Commonwealth University
“Health Literacy from A to Z is one of my favorite entry level resources for health literacy. Helen Osborne’s book and website are valuable for both beginners and seasoned health literacy champions.”
~ Fran Robinson, Health Education Center/Patient Education Coordinator, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
"I use Health Literacy from A to Z as a textbook in my skills-oriented, graduate-level health literacy courses. The text provides practical strategies for meeting the health information needs of a wide range of patients and consumers. It is the one text my students find useful beyond the classroom."
~ Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, M.Ed., Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Adjunct Professor of Public Health, University of New England
“Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition is easy and interesting to read. We were impressed with the many examples presented which not only make the point clearer, but add so much interest. The book covers literacy topics from A to Z and provides a repeatable format for each chapter.”
~ Len and Ceci Doak
"This a commendable new edition. Helen Osborne is always staunchly patient-centered, and very deliberate in the points she wants to teach professionals. I hope this becomes required reading in every health promotion program in the U.S."
~ Joe Zoske, MS, MSW, Siena College Social Work Program
"....The book excels in describing the many factors that influence communication, such as age, culture, emotions, cognition, past experience, current limitations, and ethics.
You can read the book from A to Z, if that's your preferred approach. Or you can look up a topic of interest, such as Document Design, Interpreters and Translations, Listening and Speaking, Numeracy, Visuals, or any of the others, including several important chapters on Knowing Your Audience. My favorite way to read it is to open it up anywhere and read whatever is on that page, because everything in the book is practical what-to-do and how-to-do-it. And every single page offers advice that's worth paying attention to. In addition to strategies, ideas and suggestions, every chapter offers stories and examples and a list of related resources."
~ Naomi Karten (5 Star Review on Amazon.com)
"The tone is at once folksy and warm, but also authoritative. It contains so many good ideas for practice that I feel I ought to number them 1-365 and try one out each day. Not surprisingly, the best thing about it, is that diverse voices are woven into a tapestry of collective wisdom."
~ Don Rubin, Center for Health & Risk Communication, University of Georgia
"As Patient/Family Education Coordinator for our hospital I spent a over a year learning "piecemeal" what is offered in a nutshell in this book. It also gives detailed "Sources to Learn More" at the end of each chapter. No digging for additional info - it is right there at your fingertips. I wish I had had this book when I first started in this postion. It would have been helpful in steering me on a more efficient path. You can easily just choose a chapter to read, but I ended up reading it cover to cover. While this would make a great text book (and should be required for anyone responsible for communicating health information), it is presented in such a way that it is an enjoyable read."
~ Bonnie Ronan (5 Star Review, Amazon.com)